She was proud of her contributions to Canadian city-building, including the Blatchford Redevelopment in Edmonton. It transformed the municipal airport into a model of sustainability and won a Globe Award for Urban Sustainability and a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada medal in the National Urban Design Awards. Joyce was also a lead member of the master planning teams for the sustainable communities of South East False Creek (including the Olympic Village) and East Fraserlands (now called The River District). She was project architect on Richmond City Hall, a building that helped shape the civic district of that city and won a Governor General’s award for architecture in 2002. She helped the City of Vancouver rebuild its urban design expertise.
In later years, she passed on her extensive knowledge of urban design to students through studios at the University of British Columbia. In 2021 she was made a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Like many Vancouverites, Joyce knew the value of balancing work and play. The winter would find her skate-skiing at Cypress Mountain. In summer, she would swim at Kitsilano pool. When neither was possible, she would hike in the mountains or cycle through the city. She liked nothing better than doing all of this with friends and family. Joyce loved music, literature, and beauty in the natural world, exploring all with great curiosity, critical acuity and creativity.

She reflected what she loved in her contributions to designing of buildings and urban environments, her photography, her water colours, at the piano and in her extraordinary garden. She was inspired by and devoted to her students, mentees and colleagues, always eager to encourage and praise their creativity. She travelled extensively throughout the world for work and pleasure, immersing herself in other cultures and ways of seeing the world