Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Politecnico di Milano, graduating with Achille Castiglioni. She worked with Vico Magistretti and later as head of design at Lissoni Associati. She opened her own studio in Milano in 2001. She designed for some of the most important Italian and international companies and her work is displayed in various museums and collections across the world. Patricia Urquiola serves as a visiting lecturer at various universities across the world, is on the Advisory Board for the Politecnico di Milano and part of the Scientific Committee for the Fondazione Museo Del Design. She was the Ambassador of the Milan Expo in 2015, the same year she was appointed as Art Director for Cassina.