Professor Lifchez serves on the University Library Board, Berkeley. He is the author ofThe Dervish Lodge: Architecture, Art, and Sufism in Ottoman Turkey, and numerous additional publications on accessible design, the social history of architecture, and architectural design pedagogy. He received a Community Service Citation from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association for his Rethinking Architecture, and an American Book Award Nomination for Design For Independent Living. In 1976 he received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award; in 2002, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor Award, and in 2008, the Berkeley Citation. His current research interest focuses on Jewish communities in the American south c. 1900.