Joy joined Wheeler Kearns Architects in 1998 and became a principal in 2006. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Joy has worked on numerous residential projects, from new single-family, renovations, retreat homes to condominium build-outs and institutional projects including the original Marwen build-out and subsequent adaptive reuse and expansion project for the Marwen Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization that provides free visual art classes and college and career counseling to students from under-resourced communities and schools in Chicago. The project has received several awards including a National SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design. She is an adjunct lecturer in Architecture Engineering and Design at Northwestern University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Joy is a registered architect in the State of Illinois, a registered LEED accredited professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects. She and her husband, also an architect, live in Chicago's Logan Square with their two children.