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.
Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures.Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.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.