Vector Praxis History

Our History

The history of Vector Praxis is the combined history of its founder (Julian Bowron) and the many people who have shared his passion for creative fabrication and therebye contributed to the success of the companies he founded. 



Julian Bowron and 3 friends start the Ne Chi Zu Works, a craft guild located in the heart of Vancouver. The work executed consists of hand carved wooden signage, public artworks and blacksmithing.


Returning to his hometown Toronto, Mr. Bowron and two friends start The Woodpeople, which focuses on the rapidly expanding computer office furniture and printer cover market.


After selling his interest and spending a year designing and building trade show booths and office interiors in Costa Rica, Mr. Bowron opens his first workshop at 9 Hanna Ave. in Toronto. In 1984 the company is incorporated as Feature Factory.


Staff peaks at 20, space at 15,000 square feet.


9 Hanna is at risk of being closed to make way for a data centre and the economy falters, so Feature Factory moves to a 10,000 square foot space at 1420 Dupont Street.


Mr. Bowron initiates a venture to import surplus advanced machine tools from former east block countries. The imported and modernized machines are sold to aircraft and automotive plants in both Canada and Argentina.


Mr. Bowron directs his first projects in NYC, a spectacular sign for a Times Square Restaurant and a display in a major toy retailer also on Times Square.


With a $12m order from a national theatre chain, Feature Factory becomes Canada's largest theming contractor. The province's casinos also provide large amounts of work.


The Kiosk Factory is founded to meet the need for the automatic ticket machines developed by Feature Factory. 


Staff peaks at 80, space peaks at 55,000 square feet, multiple projects in NYC.


Following 911, the theatre and casino boom comes to a sudden halt and work in NYC stops as well. Feature Factory faces tough choices, cuts staff to under 10 and moves again, to 37 Hanna, one building north of the place it started.


Good times return with strong orders for kiosks for NYC transit applications, GE's world HQ and Ontario's nuclear sector. In the following years orders for features and sculpture from the US, the UAE and China contribute to rapid growth.


The company buys the first of three buildings on Pelham Avenue in The Junction and moves again.


Feature Factory sells part of the company to The Walters Group, forming Feature Walters.


Mr. Bowron directs a major international erection planning project, the 180-storey Abraj Al Bait, in Mekkah, KSA


Feature Walters opens the 50,000 sq ft Pre-fabricated Architectural Division in Princeton, Ontario to complete a $15m + order for modular washrooms. Walters aquires more shares.


Staff peaks at 100.


Julian Bowron leaves Feature Walters and founds Vector Praxis.


Mr. Bowron sells the last of his shares to The Walters Group.


Mr. Bowron works in NYC developing a modular system for building tall towers.


Vector Praxis moves in to a 10,000 square foot facility in The Junction area of Toronto and begins production.


The Vectorbloc tall modular building system is introduced at World of Modular in San Antonio, Texas.