Patricia Urquiola was born in 1961 in Oviedo, Spain. She studied architecture in Madrid, later transferring to Italy where she earned her degree from the Milan Polytechnic in 1989 (with a thesis mentored by Achille Castiglioni).
From 1990 to 1992 she assisted in the courses held by Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli, both at the Milan Polytechnic and at the ENSCI, Paris. In 1991 she started working for the furniture company de Padova in Milan, heading the product development office, where she also designed her first furniture items (together with Vico Magistretti).
Between 1993 and 1996 she opened an associated studio with two friends, working on architecture, interiors, showrooms and restaurants. From 1996 to 2000 she became manager of the Lissoni Associati Design Group and in 2001 she opened her own studio in Milan, focusing on product design, displays and architecture. She became best known through her many pieces for Moroso.
Patricia has won many design awards and spoke at conferences and seminars in various international universities. her recent work includes projects for Depadova, Moroso, Agape, B&B, Alessi, Driade, Foscarini, Kartell, Flos, Molteni, Artelano, and others.