Blackstock earned an bachelor of architecture and bachelor of environmental design at Auburn University, graduating in 1980. He worked for Giattina Fisher Aycock until 1994 when he left to join a former colleague, Richard Williams, to form Williams Blackstock.
- "A look how architecture creates community: A conversation with Joel Blackstock" (February 7, 2017) Design Alabama
- Godwin, Brent (October 18, 2018) "Taking stock of a rich architecture career." Birmingham Business Journal
- Joel Blackstock at wba-architects.com