Viet T. Dam is a senior designer at DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky in Phoenix, AZ. He has worked at Jones Studio, Phoenix AZ; Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany; Kauffmann Theilig & Partner, Ostfildern, Germany; KBK Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany; Leo A Daly, Phoenix, AZ; and Marlene Imirzian & Associate Architects, Phoenix, AZ.

In the pursuit of understanding people, places and processes, he is interested in making the ordinary things special.

Viet is an alumnus of Arizona State University, where he earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degree in architectural studies.  He has served in the Phoenix community and as a graduate design studio adjunct faculty, a thesis advisor and mentor at the Design School, he has been honored with the Paolo Soleri Bell Alumni Service Award. Viet has also been a Big Brothers Big Sister of Arizona’s Big Brother of the Year Nominee.


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Artist Statement

“…I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love…”

One Hundred Love Sonnets by Paolo Neruda

The creation of the cards stemmed from a time when my future wife and I were nurturing and maintaining our budding relationship between the U.S. and Thailand. The Nobel Laureate poet Paolo Neruda’s 100 love sonnets to his wife Matilde inspired my commitment and ritual of making one card a week for my future wife. The card making process occurred over a period of five years, until she finally settled in the U.S.

There was a personal wish to enhance the correspondences beyond the typical emails or other digital methods, to illustrate some of the feelings during the relationship in a tactile way and to capture a moment in time on paper.

Two main goals motivated the effort:

1.Personally: To be responsible and committed to the message documented on the cards to a love one far away.

2.Artistically: To illustrate the handcraft, to convey the feelings and to transcend the card 4×6 plane graphically.

Originally thought as postcards, some elaborately design cards, however, ended up being stolen or people thought that I bought them. Subsequently, all cards were sent in envelopes and each card would have her nick name “Yam” printed on them.

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