Lifson is an award-winning journalist, architecture and culture critic, and teacher. He teaches Critical Thinking, Writing, and Presenting Architecture at USC. He also teaches in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He was a Loeb Fellow and also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design; also an Annenberg Fellow and a two-time USC/ Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Lifson has reported on Architecture for many years for National Public Radio. He covered news (and war) for NPR as Chicago Bureau Chief and Berlin Bureau Chief. He has written and produced multimedia stories on architecture and urbanism for A + U, Metropolis, Dwell, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architect, BBC and CNN. His work on various teams has been honored with the highest awards, including the Columbia-DuPont and Peabody. Lifson created and hosted a popular public radio program on architecture and culture called Hello Beautiful!
He is currently co-producing a website called One Nation, under Construction. In recent years he has worked in China and Japan; he lived and worked for many years in each of the following cities: Paris, Berlin, Florence, London, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and Los Angeles.