Born in Myrtle Beach, SC but moved with his family to Spartanburg, SC where he attended Middle School and High School. After High School, he volunteered as a missionary for two years in northeast England. Following this mission trip, he enrolled at Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 2011. At Clemson, he discovered his passion for the Design/Build approach and continued his pursuit of this passion by attending the University of Utah where he earned his Master of Architecture in 2012. After graduation, Joel worked his next three years in Salt Lake City at two different architecture firms. Joel returned to the upstate in the Fall of 2015 to join Chapman Design Group, Inc. and recently and became licensed as an architect in South Carolina.