在十年的设计实践过程中，“设计需要面对问题”是我们一直相信的一种建筑师的工作态度。对于“场地”，“光” 和 “建造”的关注则是我们在建筑设计本体上的宏观取向。
在我们看来，建筑最终是一门“建造”的艺术。在中国，建造行业中的很多“滞后”，“混沌”和“缺陷”，也恰恰是建筑师可以借用和转化的力量。我们坚持“和工人在一起”的策略。每一个项目，我们都会有一位建筑师被派驻到工地，参与施工的全过程 — 从初期的材料作法的实地研究和实验，构造节点的测试和校正，到后期现场的全程监督配合，确保施工贯彻设计意图。正是这个漫长的磨合和协作的过程，使我们有更多的机会实时汲取来自当地和现场工人的建造智慧，并不断修正在设计图纸阶段的局限和偏差。
Vector Architects was founded in 2008, Beijing. During ten years’ practice, we have always believed that design needs to confront problems, and it should be the attitude an architect ought to possess. Regarding the ontological architectural thinking, Site, Light and Making are our major focuses when we design architecture.
No architecture can be off the site. We believe each site has its certain spirit that already exists. It could be a unique landscape, a bustling city scenario, or the lively people and their movements. What we are favored of is to discover such energy through a precise action in architectural space, and transform it into people’s perceptions and lives. It is just like when we put a piece of stone into the water, and it generates ripples around, which enables us to realize the water flow. In this sense, architecture is neither the beginning nor the end. Instead, it is a medium, a medium to connect and reveal.
Natural light, while illuminates the fixed, tangible materials and boundaries of space, melts their physical limitations simultaneously. Light is an energy that grants suffused emotion and ambience to space. As the sun moves along its trajectory through the day, with the shifting weathers and seasons, this intangible quality is ever-changing. For architecture, light is an "observation" for our eyes, and an "immersion" for body and soul.
Architecture is the art of "making." In the Chinese construction industry, many seemingly shortcomings, such as “lags”, “chaos” and “defects”, are something that architects might take advantage of, and transform into positive potentials. We insist on the strategy of "working together with construction workers". For each project, we send a site architect to participate in the entire process of construction – from the initial manufacture and experimentation of materials, the testing and correction of details, later on to the full supervision and cooperation on site. It is this long lasting process of adaptation and collaboration that gives us more opportunities to learn the wisdom of making from local and on-site workers lively, and constantly amend the limitations and deviations during the design drawing stage.