Ankara’da Elçiliklerin İnşa Sürecinde az bilinen bir Aktör: Jacques Aggiman

This article focuses on the construction of embassies in Ankara, some of the most symbolically significant buildings associated with the new capital city of a newly sovereign state. It will contribute to the understanding of the spatial dimensions of the transfer of embassies from İstanbul. Some of these buildings were designed by prominent architects such as Laprade, Holzmeister and Egli. However, others associated with the construction of the new embassies, which do not appear in the mainstream architectural accounts of the period, are cited in the secondary sources or daily newspapers of the period. Jacques Nissim Aggiman is perhaps the most interesting name amongst these. He was mentioned as the architect of the British, Iranian and Belgian embassies. In fact, Aggiman was a contractor who had trained as an engineer. This is not just misinformation about him, but a sign of perennial debates on issues in the history of architecture and the history of the city. Relations between the authorities of the guest countries with local actors in the design and construction of the buildings, how the architects, engineers and contractors were designated, and their respective roles constitute the first problematic of the paper. Secondly, Aggiman’s “construction of himself” not only as a businessman but also as a universal intellectual: a polyglot, a competent amateur archeologist, and a collector of artifacts. The third issue covered in the paper is the life story and citizenship of Aggiman in the new republican nation-state.

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M. H. Zelef, “Ankara’da Elçiliklerin İnşa Sürecinde az bilinen bir Aktör: Jacques Aggiman,” Ankara Araştırmaları Dergisi, vol. 5, pp. 161–196, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: