Mark Baker: Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-17)

Dr Mark Baker completed his PhD at Cardiff University. His project is entitled Jacques Androuet du Cerceau and Sebastiano Serlio in Wales.


Mark's project proposes to look at the influence of the pattern books of Jacques Androuet du Cerceau (1510-1584) and Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1554) on Welsh country houses. The sources used by the gentry for house building in Wales still remain obscure. Mark aims to bring together the archaeological record of the Welsh country house and the documentary evidence available through European pattern books. The dissemination of architectural design was primarily through the use of visual exchange, which was passed to and from patrons and artisan craftsmen, and then interpreted in a local setting. This analysis of Welsh domestic architecture provides a new approach to understanding the building stock, and how internationalism become part of the development of gentry housing in Wales.