Marcel J. Harmon

Marcel J. Harmon, a licensed professional engineer, anthropologist and public education advocate, received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2005). He currently leads the Research & Analytics services of the Forte Building Science division of M.E. GROUP, a high performance building consulting firm dedicated to improving life through a better built environment. Over the years his academic and professional focus have included applications of evolutionary theory to understanding past and contemporary societies and the reciprocal relationships between people and their built environments. In his current role, Marcel engages building occupants, gathering their stories and personal narratives, to ensure that projects better account for occupant’s wants and needs. He also quantifies the built environment’s impact on occupant productivity/performance and health, as well as the occupant’s impact on building performance. Marcel uses this understanding to inform on the process from early programming through post occupancy evaluations. He is a current school board member and past member of the Kansas Review Committee for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Recent Posts

January 23, 2018 in Biology, Business, Culture

Constructing Our Niches: The Misalignment of Ultimate Design Features With Their Proximate Manifestations

A misalignment of the physical and social/cultural environment’s proximate manifestations with the relevant ultimate design features’ requirements results in varying degrees of failure.
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January 19, 2018 in Biology, Culture

Constructing Our Niches: Introducing the Importance of Cooperation and Ultimate Vs. Proximate Design Features

Collective and sustainable behavior is partially dependent on maintaining higher levels of cooperation among those involved, from the boardroom to the global stage.
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November 1, 2017 in Biology, Environment

Constructing Our Niches: Evolution’s Relevance to Modern Human Society

Human behaviors, the physical objects we create and use, as well as their associated intellectual traditions are part of our collective toolkit for adapting to the larger social/cultural and physical…
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