About Vector Praxis

Expertly detailed
HIGH-END
Multi-material
architectural fabrication

Any material, any scale

Vector Praxis' uniqueness lies in the extraordinary range of materials and project types that our team has succesfully integrated, detailed and delivered. Combined with experience managing projects with values to $15,000,000+, our unparalled, multi-material, multi-process capability ensures timely design development and trouble-free production of challenging projects.

What we do

  • High-end architectural fabrication founded on a multi-material, multi-process skill set.
  • Materials regularily used range from heavy structural steel to finely crafted stainless steel, structural glass, composites, stone, wood, lighting and electronic systems (see list below)
  • Experience-based design assist and detailing in a fully parametric 3D environment
  • Design and production of the one-of-a-kind tooling and fixtures required to execute unique work
  • Project management by one of North America’s most experienced fabrication and erection teams
  • Construction troubleshooting for owners, commercial fabricators and general contractors, with a focus on 3D process enablement capable of producing cut-file quality output.
  • The Vector Praxis blog provides entertaining and informative articles of interest to AEC professionals who share the belief that improved quality in computer models (BIM) will improve construction productivity.

What we think

Architectural fabrication is a cultural activity, so both the design development and fabrication processes require all participants to practice a deep sensitivity to the value of architecture and design. Vector Praxis prides iteself on its ability to manage a design development and fabrication process that improves the work that we are entrusted to build. 


Materials 

  • Architecturally exposed structural and ornamental steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Metal castings, bronze and copper
  • Glass and cast glass
  • Stone
  • Wood
  • Composites
  • Resins and plastics
  • Cement, plaster
  • Fabric
  • Cables, rigging
  • Motion-controlled and animated elements
  • Audio-visual equipment, speakers, screens, projection
  • Lighting including LED's
  • Patinas, gold and silver leaf 
  • Faux finishes
  • Applied graphics

Products

  • Modular and offsite construction of buildings or building components such as washrooms, work spaces, living spaces etc.
  • Feature stairs, bridges
  • Production of multi-storey stairs, guardrail, and handrail
  • Reception area desks, cladding, features
  • Screens, canopies
  • Storefronts, window walls
  • Interior and exterior cladding, elevator lobbies etc. especially complex curvaceous work
  • Lighting and luminaires
  • Rainwater management
  • Kiosks
  • Historic, commemorative, commercial and educational displays
  • Animated and motion-controlled doors, lifts, screens, exhibits, etc.
  • Water features
  • Architectural and large-scale spectacular signage
  • Office furnishings
  • Sculpture and public art in a variety of media
  • Branded 3D artworks, props, sculptures
  • Theming
  • Ecclesiastical furnishings
  • Broadcast sets
  • Cast and / or machined historical and contemporary hardware such as letter slots, window actuators, glass bolts, etc. 

The name

Vector = A force or influence. Graphical representation using lines to construct the outlines of object.

Origin:

1695–1705 < Latin: one that conveys; equivalent to vec, a variant stem of vehere, meaning "to carry" and tor, meaning “quantity having magnitude and direction;” 1704 < from L. vector “one who carries or conveys,carrier;" from pp. stem of vehere “carry, convey”

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Praxis = Practice of an art, science or skill, as distinguished from theory. A set of examples for practice.

Origin:

1575–85; < Medieval Latin < Greek prâxis  deed, act, action, equivalent to prāk, base of prā́ssein to do fare and sis 1581, from M.L. praxis “practice, action” (c.1255, opposite of theory), from Gk. praxis “practice, action, doing,” from stem of prassein “to do, to act”

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