Originally from Oviedo, Spain, Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and completed her studies at the Politecnico di Milano where she graduated under the mentorship of Achille Castiglioni. In 2001 she founded her own studio in Milan where she specialised in industrial product design, architecture, art direction and strategy consulting. Patricia Urquiola has been the Art Director of Cassina since 2015 and works with important design companies, including Flos, Moroso, Driade, GAN, Andreu World, Glas Italia and international groups such as Haworth, BMW, Boeing, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Four Seasons, Marriott Group. She is also part of the advisory board of the Politecnico of Milan University and the Triennale Milano Museum and has been named Designer of the Year by Elle Decor International, Wallpaper, AD España and Architecktur und Wohnen among other magazines. Her work has been exhibited in many art and design museums across the world, including the MoMa in New York, the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, the Triennale Museum in Milan, the Design Museum in Monaco, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.