Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and currently resides in Milan.  She studied at the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the Polytechnic of Milan where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni.

She was an assistant to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic and the ENSCI School of Paris. Later she led the DePadova Product Development office, where she worked with Vico Magistretti. In 1996 she became Head of Design at Lissoni Associati and in 2001 she opened her own architectural and design firm. Her projects include various luxury hotels like the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona and W Retreat & Spa in Vieques (Puerto Rico), private residences and sets for operas. 

Patricia Urquiola