ROBERTO SAMANEZ attended primary and secondary school in the city of Cusco and completed high school at the Leoncio Prado Militar School in Lima. He then traveled to Brazil to study architecture, graduating in 1967. In 1968 he joined the Peruvian School of Architects. Shortly after, he began working with the renowned architect Carlos De Martis. The following year, he traveled to Italy on a UNESCO scholarship to study at the La Sapienza University of Rome Graduate School, where he became specialized in historical monuments restoration.
During his stay in Europe he visited Athens, Istambul, Tunisia and many other cities. Two years upon his return to Peru he became a member of the commission in charge of the reconstruction of the area devastated by an earthquake in the North of Peru. He then was recruited by UNESCO to restore Trujillo monuments that had been devastated by the earthquake.
Afterward, he began working at the newly created National Institute of Culture in Lima. Shortly after, he was named director of a very special UNESCO project in Peru. During almost one decade, he restored a great number of archaeological and historical monuments in the regions of Cusco and Puno.
Due to his vast experience in monument restoration he was recruited as UNESCO consultant for advisory missions in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. His wide experience in monument restoration was captured in one of the chapters published by UNESCO in 1981 on Appropriate Technologies.
During the following 20 years, he served as Main Professor at the Architecture Faculty in the San Antonio Abad University in Cusco, a post he won in a national contest in 1985. Upon his retirement from teaching, he continued his private consultancy, researching and publishing on cultural patrimony.
Samanez is the author of several papers published in Peru and abroad on architectural history and monument restoration. He is also the co-author of many books in the series Art and Treasures of Peru, published by the Banco de Crédito between 1993 and 2013.