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Sally Harkness, 98; cofounder of The Architects Collaborative was inspirational figure in profession

Sally Harkness was a principal designer of the Olin Arts Center at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine (above).
Sally Harkness was a principal designer of the Olin Arts Center at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine (above).Brian Vanden Brink

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When The Architects Collaborative opened in 1945, Sally Harkness had goals that transcended her pioneering role in a firm that, by including two women among its eight founders, flouted gender conventions in a profession dominated by men.

She was among seven young architects who launched the firm with Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus art and architecture school in Germany. “All over the atmosphere was very exciting, to remake the world,” she said in “Still Standing,” a 2006 documentary. As for herself: “I was determined to do something that was real and something where I could say I was something.”

Mrs. Harkness, 98, died May 22 in a house in Lexington’s Six Moon Hill neighborhood that she and her husband had designed 65 years ago.

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