The center operates at Vehbi Koç's Orchard House , one of the few such houses still in existence in Ankara.

The orchard house was bought from Field Marshall Fevzi Çakmak in 1923, and was used for long years as the summer residence of Koç Family. The house where Vehbi Koç resided during most of his life in Ankara, and where his children were born is a 1st Level Cultural Asset to be Preserved.

The orchard house was restored in 1992 -1993, and transferred to Vehbi Koç Foundation in 1994. It entered into service as a center to facilitate academic studies on Ankara, to gather and compile all kinds of information and documents concerning Ankara, and to offer them to researchers.

In 2014 the Center was associated with Koç University, and continues to operate on academic platforms as well, through various projects implemented in cooperation with national and international agencies.

Opening Day
Koç Family at VEKAM's Opening Ceremony, 24 September, 1994
Koç Family at VEKAM's Opening Ceremony, 24 September, 1994 Front Row (left to right): İnan Kıraç and İpek Kıraç, Sevgi Gönül, Semahat Arsel, Vehbi Koç, Suna Kıraç and Caroline Koç. Back Row (left to right): Ali Koç, Rahmi Koç, Erdoğan Gönül and Mustafa Koç


Our Mission is

To engage in and to support interdisciplinary research and academic studies on urban development of Ankara, social and economic history, culture, and cultural heritage of Ankara and the region; to provide coordination and collaborate with relevant national and international entities; to provide resources and the environment needed by academic personnel and researchers engaged in research on Ankara and the region; to contribute to the development of national and international academic dialog regarding Ankara and the region; to ensure that research and applied projects can reach out to wider audiences.

Our Vision is

To become the starting point for steps to be taken in the research on Ankara, a center which served as the capital of various civilizations since the advent of history; and to become one of the respected research centers worldwide, through research and projects undertaken or supported in the field of urban studies.