Located on Dr. Dadabhoy Naoroji Road, the campus of this Institute contains three majestic buildings for education purposes and a dwelling worthy of mention. The Sir Jamsedjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art, called after the distinguished Parsee Baronet, was first opened for pupils in 1857. The first building erected on this campus was housing the old Sydenham College. This building is today accommodating the Department of Commercial Arts. It lies at the extreme south of the campus. The building was designed by M.C.Murzban A.C.E. and completed in 1866.
In 1878 the next building was erected. A part of the existing Fine Arts department, is today continuing its intended use. The Sir J.J.School of Arts is housed here. This building was constructed at the extreme north of the site. The later addition was that of the Sir George Clarke Studios and Technical Laboratories, which is currently the old building of the Sir J.J.College of Architecture. Originally designed by George Wittet as a Ground storey structure, this building has been sensitively extended by an additional floor in subsequent years.
The Sir J.J.School of Arts has contributed many known designers in the Western part of India. The involvement of John Lockwood Kipling in Bombay is also seen in the relief panels above the entrance of Crawford Market and its fountain within. The craftsmen and artists produced by this School are also responsible to have worked on the Victoria Terminus building. The Statue of 'Progress' (atop the V.T. central dome), which was damaged by lightning sometime in 1970s-80s was replenished by the School's creative hands. Earlier records also indicate that under J.L.Kipling, the students had worked on the University Buildings designed by Sir Gilbert Scott.
In the campus is also located the Dean's Bungalow. This modest Bungalow is rich in its associations. Prior to it being occupied by known figures like Cecil L.Burns and W.C.Gladstone Solomon, John Lockwood Kipling occupied it when in charge of the modeling department from 1865 to 1880. According to a tablet on the building, it was here that the famous Rudyard Kipling was born on 30th December 1865. It was the Empire's poet who wrote of Bombay :
"Mother of cities to me,
For I was born in her gate,
Between the palms and the sea,
Where the world-end steamers wait."
The setting of this bungalow, though dwarfed by the monumental public architecture, which Bombay is remembered with, could foster the birth of a great man. Likewise, on 12th May 1917, the first historic meeting was held in its confines, when known as 'Mr.King's Bungalow' (associated with H.Foster King - then Principal of the School and later partner with the reputed Firm of Gregson, Batley, King), to mark the beginning of what is today's Indian Institute of Architects.
The first classes in architecture were started at the Sir J.J.School of Art in 1900 under the guidance of John Begg, first consulting Architect to the Government of Bombay. In 1917 the Bombay Architectural Students Association was formed of past students of the School. Within five years it had grown into the Bombay Architectural Association. Trained men gradually went to other parts of the country. The influence of the School and Association was thus increased and in 1929, the Association was reconstituted as the Indian Institute of Architects, to serve the interests of the profession on a Nation-wide basis.