Happy Birthday Jacques Francois Blondel!! This French architect was born in 1705 and studied with his uncle the architect of Rouen. He began as an engraver of architectural designs, but eventually became an architect in his own right. He was recognized by the French Academy as a founder of the school of architecture in France. His aim was to transfer the classical approach from civil buildings to domestic structures as well. Blondel designed this building on town square in Metz.