Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, in 1961. She lives and works in Milan since 1983.

She studied at Facultad de arquitectura of Madrid and the Politecnico of Milan, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni.

From 1990 to 1992, she was an assistant at the course of industrial design held by Eugenio Bettinelli and Achille Castiglioni at the Politecnico of Milan and the E.N.S.C.I. school of Paris. Between 1990 and 1996, she worked with De Padova company, where she was placed in charge of the development of new products, and designed some products with Vico Magistretti (the Flower, Chaise and Chaise longue chairs, and the Loom sofas). In 1993, she established a studio with architects E.Ramerino and M.de Renzio, and developed some franchising projects (Maska, Tomorrowland-Japan, De Pres and Fila) and restaurant (The Siamo Society, Tintero), designed the renovation of some interiors, and planned some buildings (Villa Meres in the Austrias, Spain, 1994-1997).

Since 1996, she is also a design consultant in the Lissoni Associati studio, where she co-operates with Cappellini, Cassina and others.