Happy Birthday Sir John Soane!! The English architect was born in 1753 and specialized in Neo-Classical designs. He was the son of a bricklayer and studied at the Royal Academy. After traveling and developing his style in Italy, he settled in England and set up his architectural studio. The Bank of England was his most well-known work and unfortunately it was destroyed and rebuilt by a later architect. In addition to the bank building, Soane also designed and remodeled country homes for various English gentlemen. He built a home for himself which is now the Soane Museum in London.