Clever’s 200th Episode Celebrates Patricia Urquiola’s Creative Journey

SURROUND Podcast Networks’ Clever, hosted by designer Amy Devers, offers candid and revealing conversations with the visionaries and creative forces shaping today’s A&D industry. From a deep dive into the magic of blending technology and craft with Bradley L. Bowers; a look into how designers like Jomo Tariku are changing the narrative around African design; and considerations around the power of infinite curiosity with Eames Institute’s chief curator Llisa Demetrios, Clever has been expertly exploring the intersection of humanity and design.

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Architect, designer, and creative director of Cassina Patricia Urquiola.

Sponsored by Momentum, the show’s 200th episode features a chat between Devers and legendary Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. Learn more about Urquiola’s journey to success (perhaps not as linear as you may think!), how her work with some of the biggest names in the industry has shaped her philosophy, and how she views her role in a new era of design.

Highlights from Clever‘s 200th Episode

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A Conversation on the Life and Work of Patricia Urquiola

Urquiola’s Path to Architecture and Design

Born in Oveido, Spain, but with a passion for the city of Milan, Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated under the mentorship of Italian master Achille Castiglioni. Upon completing school, Urquiola never expected to have her own studio, but after years of studying under an impressive roster of advisers including Vico Magistretti and Piero Lissoni, she opened her own studio, Studio Urquiola, in 2001. Today, she is also the creative director of Cassina and a collaborator with Haworth, in addition to managing many other projects. On Clever‘s 200th episode, Urquiola shares what it’s like working with some of the biggest brands in design, and learning from a group of such revered designers.

Facilitating Broader, More Inclusive Dialogues Around Design

Describing herself as part of a “generation of passage,” Urquiola considers the changing parameters of today’s design world. Whether considering the advent of artificial intelligence or the social impact of building inclusive spaces, continued discussions around architects’ and designers’ responsibilities are critical. In episode 200 of Clever, Urquiola speaks to the power of open dialogue in better understanding and shaping the world.

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