R.V. College of Architecture (RVCA) is established in the year 1992. Initially, it started as Department of Architecture in R. V. College of Engineering (RVCE), Bengaluru. In 1995, the department shifted to an independent new building within the RVCE campus. The department obtained autonomy and renamed to R.V School of Architecture in 2009. Later in the same year, Council of Architecture (COA), India, approved its re-designation to R.V College of Architecture.
In 2014, it shifted to a new campus with affiliation to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi, Karnataka. The new campus is an iconic example of contemporary architecture. It contains Academic Block class rooms, seminar halls & studios, Administration Block & Hostel Block.Faculty with expertise in specialised areas is the core strength of RVCA. Core faculty are carefully hand-picked, and nurtured to bring out scholarly environment. Reputed architects from Bengaluru and other places are actively associated with the college as visiting and adjunct faculty.
RVCA offers quality improvement programs (QIP) for faculty of architecture and continuing education programs for professionals as and when requested by COA.The Indian Institute of Architects, Karnataka chapter has collaborated with the RVCA to organize workshops and seminars.Student and faculty exchanges programs took place between RVCA and University of Muenster, Germany and Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka.
Architecture is concerned with the design and construction of buildings in their sociological, technical and environmental contexts. There is increasing recognition of architecture as one of the top intellectual disciplines, an art form, and a technical profession intimately linked with the single largest sector of investment in the economy. Architects are called upon to design and execute building projects and resolve other issues related to the manmade environment in a variety of settings. Bachelor of Architecture programme aims at attaining a high level of contextual excellence in architectural design. Both theory and studio exercises are viewed as the core of the programme with crucial inputs being provided by experts specializing in the fields of arts, humanities, engineering and technology, and professional practice of architecture.