About us

Team : Mehdi Ghafouri

Since 1985, I have been active as a professor, researcher, and professional architect in architecture, heritage conservation and planning. My fields of research inquiry and practice include architecture, architectural anthropology, museum architecture and planning, heritage conservation and cultural landscape. As an associate fellow at the Centre for Developing Area Studies, McGill University, I worked on the integration of heritage conservation in the participatory community development process. As a professor, I have given courses at Concordia University, UQAM, Vanier College, Montreal College of Art and Design and a number of universities abroad.  
I am a member of Order of Architects of Quebec, 1987, as well as board member and president of Scientific Council of ICOMOS- Canada.  I worked as professional heritage architect commissioner of Quebec Cultural Heritage Commission and in 2001, I was appointed as VP of Montreal Heritage Council. I also served for two terms as the president of the International Committee on Museum Architecture and Techniques of ICOM-UNESCO.  
My community involvement began during my university years as the president Iranian Students Association and Student Senator at McGill.  I am a founding member of Society for Community Development and the Montreal, Urban Ecology Center.  I have served as founding and board member of a number of NGOs including Atelier d'art Iran-Quebec and Dehkhoda Persian School. I have also organized social and cultural events for national celebrations as well as fundraising events for earthquake victims in Iran.  I am currently Trustee of Westmount Public Library, President of Association of Iranian Engineers and Architects of Quebec,  as well as coordinator of Café Memory. 

About us

CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
CaféLitt is open to all comments, suggestion, collaboration and new ideas. CaféLitt provides an unparalleled opportunity for learning about culture, science and philosophy in a relaxed and friendly environment, and for sharing your knowledge and expertise with like-minded members of your community.
CaféLitt is officially registered as a non-profitable group and is a nonpartisan, nonreligious and nonpolitical entity.