Yuki Murata studied architecture at Yale and worked in an assortment of firms in California and New Mexico before returning east to get her master's degree. She has a B.A. (Bachelors of Arts in Architecture) from Yale and a M.I.D. (Master in Industrial Design) from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2002, she returned to New Mexico, "I love the diverse culture, intellectual climate, intense weather, and evocative landscape".