Happy Birthday Giuseppe Valadier!! Born in 1762, the son of a goldsmith, this Italian artist was an architect and urban planner. Valadier won his first prize for a church facade at age 13 and then at 15 claimed the prestigious Concorso Balestra for architecture. He taught architecture at the Accademia di San Luca and was an archeologist pioneer. He resurrected fallen monuments and restored old churches and palaces. His greatest creation was the Piazza del Popolo, the impressive open space in Rome with three avenues branching off. It is a public square in the heart of Rome where public executions took place until 1826.