Sir J.J college of architecture is considered one of the foremost institutions of Architecture in India and is a recognized college of architecture all over the world .The origin can be traced to the founding of a Draftsman's Class, started with a view to produce men with a practical and really useful knowledge, fit to be employed in an Architect's office attached to the Sir J.J School of Arts in 1896, set up in the year 1857 by the erstwhile Government of Bombay from the grants made by the philanthropist Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, the first Baronet of Bombay.
The course was re-organized in 1913 to make it suitable for training in Architecture, and the Government Diploma Examination in Architecture was held subsequently. The entire course was again re-organized in 1936 and was made into a full time Five-year course. In 1952, the department of Architecture was affiliated to the University of Bombay for teaching the courses leading to the Degree of Architecture.
1911-12- The Architectural school was in charge of the consulting architect to Government of Bombay and the course had been enlarged to one of four years. A commencement had also been made in foundling a Museum of architectural casts, models and materials was an indispensable part of the equipment of such a school.
1913- Course was re-organized.
1914- A member of staff of the Architectural Association's School in London, was appointed and joined his duties at the commencement of 1914. The Department of Architecture was steadily growing, Matriculation Examination became a necessary minimum qualification and the course of studies was supposed to lead to Degrees in Architecture equivalent to University Degree. The aim of the teachers was to reach the standards of the school of the Association of British Architects. The First World War began and a serious setback was given to all the progressive ideas of the improvement of the Department of Architecture.
1916- The Government Diploma in Architecture was established but no student was able to obtain it, as the fifth year class, which was to provide the necessary training did not exist yet.
1917- A course of Architecture of five years was in force.
1920- Prof Cable who was the head of the section tried his best to raise the standard of education in Architecture and in 1920, the R.I.B.A recognized the courses of SIR J.J College
1922-23- The Diploma Examination in Architecture was held for the first time. The Department was blossoming into a full-fledged branch of a recognized standard. Teaching all subjects to establish equality of status with the Diploma of the R.I.B.A (Royal Institute Of British Architects) became the ambition of the Department. Prof Claude Batley was appointed to post who continued the efforts.
1924- Recognition in India was not very hard to get as the standard of the college had already been raised to the best education available in the country. Teaching and practical work done by the students of The Department was much better organized than in any other par of the country.
1929- The full day courses were started. It was only four years full time course.
1936- A full-time course of five years was started.
1948-49- To meet the pressing demand for education in Architecture, the first and second year classes in Architectural Section were duplicated with an additional floor erected on the existing structure.
1949-50- The report of the Education Department read " The Architectural Section is recognized by the Royal Institute Of British Architects and it is the only recognized School not only in India but in the whole of Asia.
1952- The University takes over the college from the Government.
The SIR J.J College is a heritage building situated in the premises of SIR J.J School of Arts, rented from Government of Maharashtra as per the deed of Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy. The college has two buildings where its departments are located and a small workshop building.