Professor Naomi Stead
Naomi Stead is Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture at Monash.
She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of South Australia and a PhD from the University of Queensland. Her doctoral thesis, On the Object of the Museum and its Architecture, examined the cultural politics of architecture in recent social history museums.
Beginning as a scholar in the architectural humanities, Stead's focus has moved in more recent times to research-based advocacy towards cultural change, addressing social issues in architecture and beyond.
She was the leader of the 2010-2014 ARC Linkage project ‘Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership,’ and as part of that was co-founder with Justine Clark and others of Parlour, an activist group advocating for greater gender equity in architecture. She was a co-author of the award-winning Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice, co-curator of the exhibition Portraits of Practice: At Work in Architecture and she is an associate editor of the Parlour website.
Her current research addresses work-related wellbeing amongst architects and architecture students, and she is the leader of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Architectural Work Cultures: professional identity, education and wellbeing’ which aims to improve cultures of wellbeing in architectural practice and education.
She has published extensively in key architectural journals including the Journal of Architectural Education, Architecture Theory Review, Places, Architectural Research Quarterly, and Architecture + Culture. Her recent co-edited books include Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research with Janina Gosseye and Deborah van der Plaat (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019); with Writing Architectures: Fictocritical Approaches Hélène Frichot (Bloomsbury, 2020); and After The Australian Ugliness, with Tom Lee, Ewan McEoin, and Megan Patty (National Gallery of Victoria and Thames & Hudson, 2021).
Stead is a widely published and award-winning architecture critic, having written more than 70 commissioned feature and review articles over the last two decades. She is the current architecture critic for The Saturday Paper.