Patricia Urquiola attended the School of Architecture of Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni.
From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer to both Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli in Milan and Paris. From 1990 to 1996 she was responsible for the new product development office of Depadova, working with Vico Magistretti. In 1996 she became head of Lissoni Associati’s Design Group.
In 2001 she opens her own studio working on product design, architecture, installations.
She designs for the most important italian and international firms. Some of her products are exposed in the permanent collection of Moma in New York and other international museums. She has won several international prizes and awards. Amongst others the Medalla De Oro Al Mérito en las bellas artes 2010 and the A&W magazine nomination as designer of the year 2012.
Domus Academy Metaphysical Club – Lecture by Patricia Urquiola
|#1 – A Personal and Collective Story
With her natural poetic touch, Patricia Urquiola gives voices to her personal stories, that are emotional explorations of her empathic relationships with people, objects, contexts she has been getting in touch with since her moving to Milan: her educational path, her intellectual references, the influences of designers like Achille Castiglioni and Vico Magistretti, the launch of her own studio in 2001.
|#2 – Time & Craft
Obsessed by the constantly changing cultural and intimate role of ‘time’, both in our society and in the design process, Patricia Urquiola, from one side, is attracted by the on-going digital revolution, from the other she always comes back to the tactility and craftsmanship as a territory marked by lived experiences, memories and sensations.
|#3 – Synthesis, Analogy & Materials
Patricia Urquiola describes her creative processes as a series of juxtapositions, overlappings, unexpected connections of images and forms, a non-stop back and forth between familiar and unexplored territories. Following her inner impulse, she manipulates shapes and materials, she reinterprets functions and actions, continuously reinventing her own aesthetics.
|#4 – Being a ‘Progettista’ Today: Advice to Students
With a curious and positive attitude toward the multiple opportunities of the present and future, Patricia Urquiola encourages students to abandon any prejudice, follow their attitudes and find their personal path, combining their intimate identity with the ever changing cultural frameworks around.