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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Bicyclists make their way through Salt Lake City traffic. Officials are pushing to promote more walking and biking as the Wasatch Front population is predicted to double in coming decades.Stefan Kaiser, a 24-year-old associate with Encore Architects in Seattle, has some ideas about how to make tech cities more equitable.

He did research on the topic thanks to an AIA Seattle travel scholarship, which allowed him to spend time last year in San Francisco, Kansas City and Nairobi.

Kaiser moved to Seattle in 2013 with his fiancee after earning a bachelor of architecture degree from Syracuse University in New York. He worked at DLR Group and moved to Encore in 2014 when it expanded.

Even before he got the scholarship, Kaiser said he had been thinking about what tech firms want from architecture. He also started contemplating how these firms affect the communities around them, and it was about this time that protesters in San Francisco were objecting to private shuttles run by tech firms using city bus stops.

Seeing the pace at which new projects are filling up Seattle’s South Lake Union made him think the topic was worth exploring, he said, so he applied for the scholarship.

Kaiser said Seattle is growing so quickly that it needs to start thinking like a world-class city — a tech hub that will continue to attract lots of new people. The city needs to plan so that growth happens in a sustainable way, he said. Read more