John Tauranac writes on New York’s architectural history, he teaches the subject at NYU’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies, and he designs maps. His books include “The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark,” “Elegant New York: The Buildings and the Builders, 1885–1915,” and the just-published Harry Abrams book, the third edition of “New York From the Air: A Story of Architecture,” with photographs by the great aerial photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He has given tours and lectures for organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Art Deco Society of New York, the Municipal Art Society, and the Museum of the City of New York. Tauranac was the design chief of the official New York City Subway Map in 1979, and today he both designs and publishes his own maps, including “Manhattan Block By Block: A Street Atlas.” He was awarded a Commendation for Design Excellence for his contribution to the 1979 subway map by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Transportation, he was designated a Centennial Historian of the City of New York by the Mayor’s Office in 1999, and, in 2005, NYU presented him with an Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a native New Yorker and lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.