Born in Oviedo (Spain), Patricia Urquiola currently lives and works in Milan. She attended the faculty of architecture at the Polytechnic institute in Madrid and then in Milan where she graduated in 1989, having Achille Castiglioni on the commission.
From 1990 to 1992 Patricia was assistant in the courses given by Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli both at the Polytechnic institute in Milan as well as the ENSCI in Paris.
From 1990 to 1996 she was interested in the office, developing new products for De Padova and signing her name on the products "Flower", "Loom" and "Chaise Longue" with that of Vico Magistretti From 1993 to 1996 she opened an associated studio (with M de Renzio and E. Ramerino) and deals with the architectonic design, franchising, showrooms and restaurants.
From 1996 onwards she was manager of the Lissoni Associati design group for Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell, Artelano, Antares-Flos and others. At the same time she independently designed for Moroso, Fasem, Liv'it, Tronconi and Bosa and designed stands and sales outlets for Knoll, Sag 80 and Moroso.
She participated in "Abitare il Tempo" in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Her products were selected for the Italian Design 2001 show and International Design Yearbook 1999 and 2001.
In 2001 she was on the jury for the 19th cDim Design Award and contributed as lecturer at the Domus Academy "Designing Exhibition" course.
She currently carries on her professional activity in her own design studio in Milan.