Dr Naomi Stead
|Dr Naomi Stead|
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Dr Naomi Stead is a research fellow in the ATCH group. Her broad research interests lie in the architectural humanities, intellectual history in architecture, and the cultural studies of architecture: in its production, reproduction, and reception. Naomi’s postdoc project concerns the principles and practices of written architectural criticism. There are four subsidiary research interests clustered beneath that: on museums and museology; on State policy and advocacy for architecture; on representations of architecture and architects in other media; and on gender studies in architecture, including feminist architectural theory and feminist experimental writing practices.
Naomi was trained as an architect at the University of South Australia, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours before taking up a PhD scholarship under John Macarthur at the University of Queensland in 1999. Moving to Sydney in 2001, she was employed in the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney, where she taught for seven years, most recently as a Senior Lecturer. Having completed her PhD dissertation in 2004, in late 2007 Naomi was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, Norrkoping, in a position funded by the Swedish Institute. Her scholarly work has been published in anthologies such as Critical Architecture (Jane Rendell et al. eds, Routledge, London, 2007), Architecture and Authorship (Katja Grillner et al. eds, Black Dog, London, 2007) and Architecture, Disciplinarity and Art (Andrew leach and John Macarthur eds, A & S Books, Ghent, 2009). She has also published work in journals including the Journal of Architecture, OASE, Performance Research, JAS: Journal of Australian Studies, the Journal of Visual Communication and the Open Museums Journal. She is an Editorial Board member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, as well as Culture Unbound: A Journal of Current Cultural Research.
Naomi also maintains a number of ‘para-academic’ writing, exhibition, and art projects. These include the 2009 exhibition ‘Mapping Sydney: Experimental Cartography and the Imagined City’ and its accompanying catalogue book; a series of short films made in 2009 for the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit in collaboration with Sam Scotting; and an ongoing writing collaboration with Dr Katrina Schlunke of UTS. Other current projects include a study of ‘popular’ architectural criticism in the BBC television program ‘Grand Designs’; and a project on gender equity and diversity in the architectural profession focusing on policy-formation.
Naomi is widely published as an art and architectural critic in Australia, writing regularly for Architecture Australia (of which she is a contributing editor), Architectural Review Australia, Monument, Artichoke, PolOxygen, and [Inside]. In 2008 she was awarded the Adrian Ashton Prize for architectural writing by the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Regionalism and Cosmopolitanism: The Architectural Culture of Queensland
Architecture and the Arts: Disciplinarity, Aesthetics and Criticism