Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of the Department of Architecture at Monash University, in Melbourne.
Stead is editor of the anthology Semi-detached: Writing, representation and criticism in architecture. She is a former editor of Architectural Theory Review and Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research. Her criticism has appeared in The Conversation, Architecture Australia, Architectural Review Australia, Monument, Artichoke, (Inside): Interior Design Review, Volume, and Pol-Oxygen. She is cofounder and associate editor of the award-winning website Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a PhD.